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Teaching English as a Second Language (Undergraduate Certificate)

Enhance your bachelor's degree with a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certificate. This undergraduate certificate will provide you with specialized knowledge of English language fundamentals. You'll learn the relationship between language and culture, communication across cultures, and how to approach the teaching and assessment of English as a second language (ESL). The TESL certificate at ODU is available to undergraduate students and non-degree seeking professionals, including teachers who wish to prepare for adding an ESL endorsement.

Teaching English as a Second Language (Undergraduate Certificate)


Description


What is Teaching English as a Second Language at ODU like?

Enhance your bachelor's degree with a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certificate. This undergraduate certificate will provide you with specialized knowledge of English language fundamentals. You'll learn the relationship between language and culture, communication across cultures, and how to approach the teaching and assessment of English as a second language (ESL). The TESL certificate at ODU is available to undergraduate students and non-degree seeking professionals, including teachers who wish to prepare for adding an ESL endorsement.

Program Highlights


What makes Teaching English as a Second Language at ODU unique?

  • Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

$77,660

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

$75,640

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

$83,330

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Interpreters and Translators

$51,790

MEDIAN SALARY


Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Teaching English as a Second Language at ODU?

ENGL 350:
Aspects of the English Language


An introduction to the grammar of mainstream English. Primary focus is on analyzing English sentences, including study of parts of speech, phrases, clauses, and sentence types. Prerequisites: Six credit hours of general education composition courses, junior standing or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 370:
English Linguistics


A survey of topics in English linguistics. Topics include the sound system, the structure of words, the ways in which words and phrases form meaningful utterances, the structure of conversations, differences between spoken and written English, language acquisition by children, language variation, and language in its social context. Prerequisites: 6-hour general education composition requirement or permission of instructor.

ENGL 390:
TESL METHODS MATERIALS


This course is designed to provide students with the background and tools necessary for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at the K-12 or secondary level. The course is divided into three modules. In the first module, students will study the major theories of language learning, focusing primarily on current methods for language learning and teaching. In the second module, attention will be focused on designing a course including consideration of both program goals and students? needs. Finally, the third module addresses practical application of teaching methods through a focus on designing activities, lesson plans and developing assessment tools. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 110C and either ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C, or ENGL 231C.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Teaching English as a Second Language at ODU?

Students entering the Undergraduate Certificate program in Teaching English as a Second Language should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Six credit hours of general education composition courses, or permission of the instructor

  • If you are not pursuing a bachelor's degree at ODU, you will apply as a non-degree seeking student

  • Current ODU students should talk to their current academic advisor about adding this certificate to their studies

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Sheri Reynolds


Name:

Sheri Reynolds


Location:

5002 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3928


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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